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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 25, 2008 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: older/wiser

I have been getting into Steely Dan lately. Not that I disliked them but anytime I'd hear reelin' in the years or one of their greatest hits I'd tune out. I've been listening to their live stuff and I really found a true appreciation for them. They just played LA not too long ago so I'll have to catch them next go around.

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Poster: paulypecker Date: Nov 25, 2008 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

If you don't mind using sugarmegs streaming server here's some Dan for ya. They have three selections.
Just right-click on the download button,then "save target" to enjoy it:

http://tela.sugarmegs.org/alpha/s.html

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 29, 2008 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

I adore every note Steely Dan ever put down, including Becker and Fagen's solo albums. If you're just getting into them, I envy you, because you have many treats in store. :) Dan's fans is special...

"They got the shapely bods
They got the Steely Dan t-shirts
And for the coup de gras...
They're outrageous!
Honey let me tell you..."

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2008-11-29 22:56:28

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Poster: veblen Date: Nov 25, 2008 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

Styrofoam speaks the truth...

funny, I am currently listening to can't buy a thrill: fire in the hole (one of my favs)

the five albums that I have are all in heavy rotation:
can't buy, pretzel logic, katy, the royal scam and aja.

When I have seen them live, I was impressed that it was a true musical performance that I was seeing and not some sort of nostalgia act. Expectations can be a killer...

If you haven't seen it check-out Marian McPartland's piano jazz show when Becker and Fagen were guests. It is truly a wonderful listen, not just for the tunes but for the engaging conversation between becker, fagen and mcpartland.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_McPartland%27s_Piano_Jazz_with_guests_Steely_Dan

btw: McPartland's jazz story is pretty interesting in her own right. She is even pictured in the photo a great day in harlem...standing beside Mary Lou Williams and Thelonious Monk.

Great Day in Harlem: http://harlem.org/
(not just a wonderful jazz site but overall one of the best site designs I have seen.)

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 25, 2008 12:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

one of my favorites. LOVE the Dan! I find them to be THE most polarizing band I know, even more than the Dead. I have found that people either love them or can't stand them. I have never met anyone that could take or leave them. I had to give up on trying to convince my wife unfortunately : (

At least she now loves the Dead

Check out the box set. The most killer deal I know. All the original albums for under $50

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 25, 2008 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

I think, like any band, you need to dig deeper into the song repitoire. I always associated them with Sunday Morning listening with their hits. never appreciated the arrangements and harmonies. With that said....I always loved FM. Great tune

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Nov 25, 2008 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

Agree with Styrofoam, you are in for a real treat as you explore Steely Dan (in some ways, the opposite of the Dead - no vast catalog, and they perfected their craft in the studio). I'm sure you don't need recommendations, but I'd suggest buying Aja and Gaucho, both absolute masterpieces, and then work backwards into albums like Countdown to Ecstasy and Pretzel Logic. The newer releases from the '90's and beyond to me fall a bit flat, so stick to the 70's.

I would also be remiss not to mention Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly". Enjoy!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 25, 2008 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

I have been listen to Alive in America a lot. Babylon sister has a nice live arrangement

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 25, 2008 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: older/wiser

1993 was a great year for them....Saw them at the old Richfield Col. w/ Pete erskine on Drums....Very nice....They do have quite a few boots out there in bittorent form....